Yesterday’s post addressed Satan’s tactic of messing with the body to destroy a man’s faith. Sickness, handicap, fleshly pleasure, addiction, etc all work for Satan to trip you up.
There is a tendency in modern “Christianity” to stress the spiritual, (positional) benefits of Christ above all else. Now, in saying this, I do not intend to say that the spiritual benefits of Christ should be diminished. Don’t take me there cuz I aint a travelin’ that way.
What I am saying is that Christ accomplished many great things for us, let’s not sell Him and His grace short. Here’s an example.
We stress the judicial declaration of righteousness in Christ. We celebrate that we are forgiven, made righteous, washed, made new, all the riches of Christ’s righteousness are imputed to our account. To which I say, “Amen!”
But then I say, “Since that’s true, you should be defeating sin in your life” and peoples’ heads explode. “I’ve been released from the law! Don’t try to put me back under it by saying I have to do stuff” is said in response.
I agree that we are not under Law, I also agree with the conclusions of that statement: the power or strength of sin is the Law, right? Yup. So if we’re not under Law we should increasingly be aware of not being under the power of sin, right? Not necessarily.
See, that bugs me! Christ did not die so we could go on sinning and just be happier about it. Christ died to free us from the power of sin even now.
Faith is very practical, it really is. Be careful not to put it in the clouds, keep it in heaven but apply it in this present world.